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National Ocean Service (NOS) - Cooperative Oxford Laboratory

The Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL), part of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, is situated along the Tred Avon river, a tidal estuary of the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Initially established to prevent the spread of fish and shellfish diseases in the Chesapeake Bay, the mission now includes helping local decision makers understand contemporary pressures on our watershed, including urbanization, climate change, and pollution.

Princess Anne

NOAA Office of Education - Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center

The University of Maryland - Eastern Shore leads NOAA’s Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) with its partners: Delaware State University, Hampton University, Savannah State University, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, Oregon State University, and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. This Center is part of NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions. LMRCSC conducts research in the marine sciences, with areas of specialization in fisheries science, oceanography, ecology, environmental sciences, and environmental molecular biology/biotechnology. LMRCSC develops a pool of highly educated and skilled students from underrepresented groups in the marine sciences. LMRCSC’s primary collaborator is the National Marine Fisheries Service.


National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Office of Law Enforcement

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is the only conservation enforcement program (Federal or State) that is exclusively dedicated to Federal fisheries and marine resource enforcement. Its mission is to protect global marine resources by enforcing domestic laws and international treaties and obligations dedicated to protecting wildlife and their natural habitat. Our special agents and enforcement officers ensure compliance with these laws and take enforcement action if there are violations. Additionally, the Cooperative Enforcement Program allows NOAA the ability to leverage the resources and assistance of 27 coast states and U.S. territorial marine conservation law enforcement agencies in direct support of the Federal enforcement mission. Effective fisheries law enforcement is critical to creating a level playing field for U.S. fishermen and enabling sustainable fisheries to support vibrant coastal communities. The Ocean City field office, located in Berlin, Md., is part of Office of Law Enforcement’s Northeast Division.


Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region, University of Maryland

The Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR) was established at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in 2009. CINAR is a consortium of universities, led by WHOI, in partnership with Rutgers University, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Maine, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The mission of CINAR is to conduct and coordinate cutting-edge research engaging both NOAA and academic scientists to enable informed decisions by NOAA for sustainable and beneficial management of northwestern Atlantic shelf ecosystem.

Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Dorchester, and Caroline Counties

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Ocean Service (NOS) - Choptank Complex Habitat Focus Area

NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Office, Restoration Center, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries are coordinating NOAA and partner programs within the Choptank River Complex Habitat Focus Area. Habitat Focus Areas are a non-regulatory, collaborative approach to habitat conservation that NOAA launched in 2013 to increase the effectiveness of NOAA’s habitat conservation science and management efforts. Habitat Focus Areas are places where NOAA offices, working together with public and private sector partners, can achieve measurable habitat conservation results in three to five years. The Choptank River is home to the largest native oyster restoration effort in the United States and contains among the most important habitat for striped bass populations. As such, the river’s health is vital to ensuring sustainable fisheries and coastal economies. NOAA conducts mapping and acoustic surveys in tributaries of the Choptank River and Little Choptank River to support native oyster restoration, funds in-the-water oyster restoration, and supports research to understand ecosystem conditions, evaluate threats, and quantify the ecosystem services provided by the restored oyster reefs.



National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Annapolis Field Office

This office facilitates interactions between NMFS in the northeast and partner organizations and stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic. Stakeholder Engagement Division staff explain NMFS regulations, policies, and programs to affected stakeholders and act as a channel for stakeholders to provide feedback directly to the Regional Administrator. Habitat Conservation Division staff review coastal development projects in Maryland and provide local support for NMFS habitat conservation efforts. Protected Resources staff supports the conservation of endangered species and mitigate the impacts of development projects on such species through consultations with other Federal agencies.
National Ocean Service (NOS) - Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The 6,249-acre Reserve was designated in 1985 and 1990, and is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Reserve is comprised of three components: Monie Bay, Otter Point Creek, and Jug Bay. The multi-component Chesapeake Bay Reserve in Maryland reflects the diversity of estuarine habitats found within the Maryland portion of the Bay. Research at the reserve focuses on methods to restore submerged aquatic vegetation, turtle utilization of wetlands, and wild rice restoration techniques.

MD-1 through 5

Chesapeake Bay Region

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Chesapeake Bay Office

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, co-located with the state/federal Chesapeake Bay Program, enabling close collaboration with Maryland state agencies, federal government agencies, scientists, watermen, conservation groups, and other partners. The Office administers cooperative programs on Ecosystem Science, Coastal and Living Resource Management, and Environmental Literacy; supports Bay-wide fisheries research and oyster restoration; provides blue crab stock assessment to state fisheries managers; operates and maintains the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System; co-leads NOAA’s Choptank River Habitat Focus Area, and supports broad federal involvement in environmental education in the region, including managing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant program.

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office operates and maintains "smart buoys" in key locations throughout Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay including the Susquehanna River (Havre de Grace), Patapsco River (Baltimore), Severn River (Annapolis), upper Potomac River (Washington, D.C), and mouth of the Potomac River (Point Lookout) that provide real-time meteorological, oceanographic, and water-quality data. Observations are available on the web, at a mobile version of the website, by calling toll-free 877-BUOY-BAY, or using free mobile apps available for Android and iPhone smartphones. The ten Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System buoys also mark and interpret points along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and serve as an important component of the Chesapeake Bay Observing System.

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Restoration Center

The NMFS Restoration Center works with private and public partners in Maryland to remove invasive species and dams, modify culverts, restore tidal wetlands and submerged aquatic vegetation, and rebuild the native oyster population. 275 projects have been constructed in the state since 1996, restoring more than 3,100 acres of habitat and opening more than 75 stream miles. The Community-based Restoration Program and its partners have restored more than 250 acres of tidal salt marsh in Maryland. Volunteers have contributed more than 100,000 hours in these restoration efforts.

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